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New novel chromophores combined with ultrafast high-intensity lasers has renewed interest in advancing new applications in photonics and biophotonics. The enabling feature is the molecule’s ability to absorb two photons at a low frequency (energy) light source and then emit light at a higher frequency. For instance, near-infrared (NIR) may be upconverted to light in the ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) region via a two-photon absorption (TPA) process. The energy difference between the involved lower and upper states of the molecule is equal to the sum of the energies of the two photons.
US Air Force R&D lab researchers have designed and synthesized several two-photon absorbers having large cross-section values for various nonlinear optical applications. This multi-branched two-photon active (TPA-active) molecule can be used in films and coatings using common organic solvents.
Within this portfolio are the following 8 patents available for express license.
- US patent 8,153,812
- US patent 8,318,888
- US patent 8,471,035
- US patent 8,580,958
- US patent 8,674,057
- US patent 8,735,528
- US patent 8,895,730
- US patent 9,024,037
- Increased ease of film fabrication: Chromophores can be solution-processed into free-standing polymer films
- Functional: Polymers can be cast in optically clear films with reasonable mechanical properties
- Photosensitivity: Chromophore’s high sensitivity is suited for two-photon induced polymerization resins
- Robust: Chromophore’s photo- and thermal-stabilities allow for laser stabilization and calibration
- Collection of eight (8) patents available as a portfolio
- Potential for collaboration with lab researchers